Whatsapp has over one billion users in about 180 countries all over the world. This messaging platform allows the users to make calls, share videos and send text messages. However hackers and fraud stars have developed new strategies to send viruses and compromise your privacy by sending Whatsapp scam messages.
I have been a victim of these Whatsapp scam messages. Someone forwarded to me a message that there was a trick to get free internet 4 GB data from the various service providers. In my ignorance, I was so exited and rushed to click the link. I was then asked to input my number then forward the message to 10 of my contacts. I did as I was instructed because I needed that ‘free 4 GB.’
In the end I discovered it was just a Whatsapp scam message. I then made a resolution to ignore such messages. However, after about 3 years of active usage of Whatsapp, I keep seeing the same old Whatsapp scam messages making rounds.
Since it is the best way to spread rumors, scammers are preying on ignorant WhatsApp users to spread their rumors and scams in order to make money. The fraud stars are sharp in that they can make the message look authentic. For example, since Google is presently running a project claiming that it is ‘free internet for everyone’, they can come up with a link to provide free internet from Google.
There have been scams like Whatsapp gold claiming you can get the exclusive gold version of Whatsapp that was reserved only for celebrities. Then there are these scam messages claiming your subscription has expired and needs to be renewed. Also another common one I have come across is about how a company is giving out free goodies to celebrate says 25 years of existence.
Clicking these links is very dangerous as it gives hackers opportunity to steal your data and track movements and your activities on the internet.
The fraud stars are also able to collect personal data, install tracking cookies, and install advertising browser extensions on your browser.
If you happen to fall for the ‘Your subscription has expired scam’ you will be voluntarily gifting hackers with your bank details.